FREEDOM PLAINS – Early on in Thursday’s second half, Arlington High School’s Eric Layden had an opportunity.
When he was fed a pass from Peter Petrillo, he capitalized on that chance.
Layden drilled the ball past John Jay goalie Jack Yeager, as the host Admirals boys soccer team broke a scoreless tie and took the lead.
Arlington went on to win 3-0 over visiting rival John Jay in Section 1 Conference 1 League A play.
“It was a great team win. John Jay’s a great team,” Layden said. “This is really going to motivate us in the season.”
Reese Hanson and Connor Bruyn provided some insurance later in the half. With 13:08 left, Hanson found the back of the net and Bruyn helped ice the game with just over five minutes left.
“I was happy to be in the right place at the right time,” Hanson said. “It means a lot.”
Throughout the first half, both teams created chances with both defenses holding the other down.
Nearly halfway through the first half, Arlington’s Anthony Germano had a corner kick, which was stopped by John Jay.
“I thought the first half was very evenly played, but they really took it to us in the second half,” John Jay coach Rob Seipp said. “You’ve got to give (Arlington) a lot of credit. I think they used the width of their field better than we used it and were more aggressive than we were.”
Arlington goalie Jimmy Martin made five saves. John Jay goalie Christopher Prescott made four saves in the first half and was relieved in the second half by Yeager, who made three.
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